While discussing political rivals before the Fifteenth Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, General Secretary Joseph Stalin reminded everyone that when "Lenin… convened a conference of Bolsheviks in Prague in 1912," he "drew a dividing line between the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks and united the Bolshevik organizations all over the country into a single Bolshevik Party." Nearing completion of his bloody consolidation of total power over the whole Party (and therefore the Soviet state), Stalin clothed himself as the true successor of the regime's Bolshevik founder, Vladimir Lenin―who, offended by Stalin's 'coarse' and 'capricious' nature, had backed Leon Trotsky in the time leading to his death while under Stalin's care. Before his passing, Lenin was visited by Grigory Zinoviev and Len Kamenev. Naturally, of course, Stalin mocked the two men, asking, "Is it not obvious that nobody in our Party has managed to renounce his principles so easily and freely as Trotsky, Zinoviev, and Kamenev?" It's recorded that Stalin's captive audience laughed. But as any historian knows, no one wanted to be the first to stop applauding the paranoid dictator, lest they be purged as Zinoviev and Kamenev were ten years later.
The issue, of course, was Stalin's demand for ideological purity (e.g., 'unity', 'political correctness') and therefore total fealty to him. Insisting "the opposition must abandon its anti-Leninist views, that if it does not do so, it will be sent flying out of the Party," he swore to purge them because they'd worked underground to split the Party, to organize a second party, to undermine Party "unity" that rejects the "genuine, Leninist unity in our Party." He cited as evidence that "99 percent of (the) Party vote(d) for the Party and against the opposition," that "not a single opposition delegate" had challenged his definition of "what we call the Leninist unity of the Bolshevik Party." Non-compliance wasn't tolerated in Stalin's Soviet Union. His application of "we "was designed to encourage snitching on party members who privately dissented.
Near the conclusion of this section to his speech, he issued a deadly ultimatum foreshadowing the horrors to come―and to thunderous applause. It involved gun control.
The Party has called upon the opposition to renounce its anti-Leninist views openly and honestly before the whole Party. The Party has called upon the opposition to admit its mistakes and denounce them in order to free itself of them once and for all. The Party has called upon the opposition completely to disarm, both ideologically and organizationally.
What is the Party's object in doing so? Its object is to finish with the opposition and to pass on to positive work. Its object is to liquidate the opposition at last and obtain the opportunity to get right down to our great work of construction.
The key to 'unity', be it in Stalin's Soviet Union or the Biden-Harris regime, is to cleanse a nation of all its impurities: past and present, racially or by economic category, through first humiliation, 'forced compliance' (cognitive dissonance), and lastly, disarming and inevitably 'liquidation' (meaning 'mass murder') before the state can begin constructing new infrastructure. While the cancel culture rages, the American people are learning about a recently-proposed $2.2 trillion infrastructure bill that Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) has described to be a 'bold neo-socialist experiment'. In effect, it'll transfer American capitalism away from shareholders in the private sector into a new Chinese form of state control and investment under stakeholders. It will synergize a massive expansion of union power with Democrat-partisan CEOs' growing support as the federal government's instrument to negotiating wages and codifying the 'cancel culture. If you're white or dare you query the Democratic Party or fail to vote for them, you might find yourself locked out of this 'brave new world' by the government you've elected and big businesses who'll deny you access to housing, jobs, banking, shopping, firearms, health care, and social media. It embodies the attitude for why Stalin legitimized his power as the Soviet state when he cited Lenin from the Tenth Party Congress ("We do not want an opposition now . . . we must now put an end to the opposition, finish with it, we have had enough of oppositions now!") and the culture of futility befalling anyone daring not to unite behind Biden.
Given America's current social and political climate, understanding that gun control is historically linked to persecution has never been more critical. The Democrats have announced plans to ram through the most radical gun control bill in the nation's history. Since the January 6 "insurrection" at the Capitol, we read daily about dangerous calls to violence and suppression against all opposition from pundits throughout the left-wing sphere. Similar to the Nazis capitalizing off the opportunities presented by the Reichstag fire in 1933 (which the Party manufactured), the Democrats and their corporate financiers weaponize the Capitol breach by labeling all 74 million Trump voters as 'domestic violent extremists'. The current gun control bill, for example, includes a nationwide confiscation plan. According to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the gun grabber par excellence, the legislation is designed to combat 'domestic terrorism'. Henceforth, the connections between gun control as proposed by the Biden-Harris regime, as it was in Stalin's Soviet Union and under Nazi Germany's 'racial laws', will be similarly targeted along racial and political lines. Left-wing technocrats also do the Democrats' bidding by banning conservatives and libertarians from social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat). Dick Morris put it well when comparing the present reign of terror to Jacobin leader Maximilien Robespierre's bloody wrath during the French Revolution. The Democrats take no prisoners, having already imperiled our free speech, free press, political playing field, and personal liberty in less than three months of the Biden-Harris regime.
There are numerous examples of more heightened and shocking Hollywood histrionics. From the media, there are calls by PBS staff attorney Michael Beller to place the children of Republicans into 're-education camps' ("Even if Biden wins, we go for all the Republican voters, and Homeland Security will take their children away. … We'll put them into the re-education camps.") featuring "Sesame Street characters in the classrooms, and they watch PBS all day." In January 2019, former Republican strategist and disgraced Lincoln Project founder, Rick Wilson called Anti-vaxxers… a scourge and a strong argument for re-education camps, the immediate seizure of their property, and putting their children into protective custody. Such commentary today is mainstream along with the Left and among Never Trump Republicans. Using rhetoric paralleling Hitler's regarding the Jews and 'antisocial' gypsies/Roma, ABC CEO Rick Klein tweeted that "Trump will be an ex-president in 13 days. The fact is that getting rid of Trump is the easy part. Cleansing the movement he commands is going to be something else."
Additional kudos for Mr. Klein's remarks emerged from Accountable.US's President Kyle Herrig, who drew attention to 'blocking' access to jobs for Trump administration officials post-presidency. After January 6, the Republican expatriate and neocon, Jennifer Rubin, echoed her Democrat colleagues by calling for companies to 'black list' (aka. 'cancel') Trump supporters from 'polite society'.
Libertarian podcaster Stefan Molyneux recently opined that "Cancel culture is a dress rehearsal for mass murder." He's not wrong. At Hitler's request the day after the fire, President Paul von Hindenburg signed the Reichstag Fire Decree by using Article 48 of the Weimar Constitution to suspend most civil liberties in Germany―including habeas corpus, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, the right of free association and public assembly, and the secrecy of the post and telephone. None of these rights were reinstated by the Nazi regime. Many of these legal rights were suspended in America's 'blue states' and throughout the West using COVID-19 as the excuse, including calls to 'snitch'. In July 1933, a small enclave of communists―Marinus van der Lubbe, Ernst Torgler, Georgi Dimitrov, Blagoi Popov, and Vasil Tanev―were indicted on charges of setting the Reichstag on fire, with only van der Lubbe sentenced to death (the others were deported). Similar to Rahm Emanuel's advice to "Never let a crisis go to waste," Hitler called the fire a 'sign from God’―a clear signal meant to mark the beginning of a Communist revolt. The next day, the Prussian Press Service reported that "this act of incendiarism is the most monstrous act of terrorism carried out by Bolshevism in Germany." Meanwhile, the Vossische Zeitung warned its readers that "the government is of the opinion that the situation is such that a danger to the state and nation existed and still exists." The persecutions of Jews, political opposition, and other minorities were soon at hand.
President Biden frequently assures the American people that the assault on the Capitol was a white supremacist attack bungled by, well, the white supremacist Capitol police. Furthermore, he tells us that anyone daring to question history's 'most secure' election and the election result is promoting the 'insurrection.' Akin to Stalin's time, similar hostile calls to 'unity' last November by then President-elect Biden resulted in the virtual collapse of all bipartisan dialogue after January 6. Democrats now routinely call Republicans "terrorists'" and "enemies of the state" and still accuse Trump of generating a racially motivated insurrection. That's all ironic, considering that the Capitol breach, similar to the Reichstag fire, may have been orchestrated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi through her alleged failure to follow through on warnings of a pending situation the night prior. Nevertheless, she's used the occasion to engage with General Russell Honoré―a well-known antagonist of President Trump's―to investigate the incident. As a result, Washington, D.C. remains under virtual martial law, as thousands of National Guard troops remain stationed, spending their nights in parking garages on Pelosi's orders.
During a Democratic primary debate on February 12, 2020―before convicts were released from prisons in blue states due to COVID-19 lockdowns and law enforcement defunded to combat 'systemic racism'―Biden suggested he'd deploy F-15's with hellfire missiles to kill armed gun rights activists. After the new black Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's McCarthyite rhetoric regarding 'enemies' entrenched within the military resulted in ordering the purge of 'extremists' and 'white supremacy', it's not certain whether the same military whose officers openly called for a coup d’état of Trump wouldn't obey Biden's orders to kill political opponents. Austin's statement regarding conservatives starkly contrasted his fellow Democrats' responses to Trump, suggesting he might invoke the Insurrection Act to clear out major Democrat-controlled cities besieged by violent left-wing rioters last summer. (Recall that the Biden-Harris campaign bailed many rioters from jail.)
Beyond gun control, proposals for the mass amnesty of tens of millions of illegal aliens―with thousands more daily pouring into the country, often wearing Biden campaign t-shirts since the President opened the southern border on inauguration day―along with the most radical election 'reform' in U.S. history, would result in an indefinite Democratic majority. Current estimates suggest up to 42 million people from Latin America wish to emigrate to America. Whether the country survives this unprecedented attack on our Constitution, democracy, and way of life will heavily depend on the filibuster's survival in the U.S. Senate (and thus, Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema). Otherwise, socialism is inevitable for America. At that point, the last threat by Stalin to the Mensheviks ("If the opposition disarms, all is well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves.") may come to fruition here.
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About the Author:
Jonathan P. Henderson (B.A. in History, Minor in Pol. Sci.; Univ. of Tennessee, 2012) is a resident of Knoxville, TN. He is Owner/Administrator/Editor-in-Chief of The Conservative Historical Review and a blogger/columnist for PolitiChicks and Intellectual Conservative.